Brighton keys Allen Park to 6-0 start

Bryan Brighton hopes to have a bright college football future ahead with Michigan State University.

But first, Brighton wants nothing short of a state championship with Allen Park High School

The 5-foot-11 185-pound senior tailback-strong safety has helped the Jaguars to a 6-0 record following Friday's 7-0 victory against Belleville.

Allen Park is hoping to go 9-0, although it wasn't easy against Belleville during a driving rainstorm.

"It was just a combination of us playing bad and the poor weather," Brighton said. ‘But we didn't play very well."

A state 100-meter track champion, Brighton rushed for 1,342 yards as a junior and had 22 touchdowns.

"I'm not playing as much defense this year," he said, adding that in terms of rushing yardage, "I'm on track from last year. I'm making my reads from my blocks very well. I can run inside better, and I have speed to bounce outside."

Brighton's sensational junior season has made him a marked man this year. "All season this year, there's been more attention on me," he said.

But despite all the individual attention, Brighton and his teammates are focused on one main goal.

"We want to win the state championship," Brighton said. "Individually, my goal is to get some yards and some touchdowns for the team."

The Jaguars have all the pieces in the right places, Brighton said, for an undefeated season.

"We don't have that big of linemen," he said "But they're fast. On offense, we're fast too. That's what we are on both sides of the ball."

Over the summer, Brighton decided to attend Michigan State and play for new coach John L. Smith. He's been to all MSU home games so far. He turned down offers from Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue to play for the Spartans.

"It was the best atmosphere and coach Smith is fun to be around," Brighton said. "He was excited to start the program. You can see what they're doing with their team.

Brighton said the coaches want to use him at defensive back for MSU.

"When I went to test for Michigan State and went to passing leagues over the summer, they put me through some tests," Brighton said. "The coaches told me to keep working on my drills and that should help me a lot for college football."

Brighton, who also plays hockey and runs track at Allen Park, has fulfilled a life-long dream by committing to play college football at MSU.

"Pretty much since the seventh grade, I wanted to play college football," he said.


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